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Nail Services, Gel Application and Gel Enhancements NPA

Campus Milton Road Campus

Qualification SCQF Level 5

Study mode Evening

Duration 20 weeks

Start date Jan 2023

Cost £470
(see funding options)

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Course overview

This new and exciting 18-week evening course will provide you with the knowledge, understanding and skills to work competently to perform a manicure, nail art; gel polish application and gel enhancements.

The course is suited to individuals who have no beauty industry experience but have a strong desire and interest in beauty aesthetics

Upon completion of this course, you will be fully qualified to carry out these skills in the Beauty Industry and/or further your studies with our Beauty courses.

This course is SQA Accredited and eligible for ITA funding

Please Note:

  • The cost of the course is £470 -  this includes the cost of the Kit and must be paid prior to the start of the course 
  • Some theory will be delivered online - you will be required to have access to IT to enable you to complete this part of the course e.g. laptop, Pc, iPhone, Android phone

We also ask all students to adhere to the dress code for the department as follows:

  • Black Trousers
  • Black T-Shirt
  • Black Shoes

Edinburgh College is the first flagship Vocational Training Charitable Trust (VTCT) College in Scotland. Training at Edinburgh College will enhance your employability prospects as we have an exceptional standard of facilities and highly qualified lecturers. You will work in our salons and studios providing a realistic industry environment. This training will give you valuable practical experience and is a stepping stone towards a fulfilling career as a nail technician. You will undertake vital employment experience in our evening salons. 

If you are interested in being a model for our students or want to try out our star facilities before beginning your studying journey, simply book in for a treatment. 

What you will learn

  • Manicure - Filing, shaping, buffing, cuticle work and nail polish application on the hands and fingernails SCQF Level 5
  • Nail Art - Range of freehand nail art designs and products SCQF Level 5
  • Gel Nail Application – Application and removal
  • Gel Nail Extensions – Tip application and overlay SCQF Level 5

How the course is assessed

  • All practical assessments are carried out on paying clients within our salons.  
  • The theory aspects of the course are carried out under exam conditions completing open book assessments and closed book assessments

Number of days per week

  • 1 evening per week for 18 weeks 6:00-8:30pm – Tuesday  
  • Plus 6 hours of self-directed study

Entry requirements

  • All applicants must be 18 years of age or older before the start date of the course and have paid for the course in full

Information on Tests / Auditions / Interview Requirements

  • All applicants must be 18 years of age or older before the start date of the course

English Proficiency Requirements

IELTS 5.5

Progression and Articulation Routes

  •  Enter employment in the Beauty industry
  •  Work as part of a team within the Beauty industry
  •  Further your skills in Beauty Aesthetics with further CPD courses

Career options

  • On completion of this course, you will be fully qualified to carry out Nail services and/or progress to further studies as a Nail Technician or with our Beauty courses

Study Options

Campus Study mode Start date Duration Cost
Milton Road Campus Evening 24/01/23 20 Weeks £470

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